Based in the slums of Topsia in Kolkata, the Kolkata Bhalobashi Foundation. (KBF) aims to facilitate an education for children living in the slum, whose families would otherwise be unable to afford this. This is achieved by providing a basic education in English and Bengali in order for the children to reach a standard where they can be admitted to the local formal school. Admission to this school has a small fee in addition to the cost of books, stationery and uniform, which has to be covered by KBF. In addition to facilitating this, KBF also provides a daily snack and clean drinking water for the children while they attend the project. For those children who are admitted into the formal school, the relationship with KBF continues, as they come back to the project after school for help with homework (and to enjoy their snack!).
Set up by Amar Khalid and his wife Sathi in 2006, KBF also seek to maintain good relationships with the families in the slum by regularly visiting the children in their homes. Amar pays for the children to be seen by a doctor if required but his funds are limited, so this is sometimes not possible. In 2011, there were 35 children coming to the project but this number is growing!"
The group will also take and distribute a collection of products including toothbrushes, toothpaste and soap for the children attending KBF, and educate them about basic health and hygiene.
YWBC and its members support the work of KBF via donations collected by the UK registered charity, Friends of KBF (Registered Charity number 1176527).
You can see more about the work of KBF and how to give your support on the Friends of KBF web site here